NFL Network Tops Ratings  Stats
There was much hubbub about NFL Network’s marquee game between the Packers and Cowboys on Thanksgiving night. There’s more. The match grabbed a 14.6 household, topping the nearly scoreless Mud Bowl between the Dolphins and Steelers the previous Monday (9.9 HH), earning it the number one ratings spot among cable’s prime time shows (Nov 26-Dec 2).

The NFL Net’s pre-game show that night was third (9.2), its post-game was fourth (4.4) and part one of Sci Fi’s Wizard of Oz remake Tin Man (4.2) was fifth.

The week’s top networks in prime were ESPN (2.6), USA (2.2), NFL (2.2), Disney (2.0) and Lifetime (1.6). 

Cable Positive PSA Takes Honors
Cable Positive’s PSA campaign Join The Fight earned top honors at today’s PR News Non Profit Awards luncheon in Washington, DC. The spots, directed by Liev Schreiber and featuring Naomi Watts, Eric McCormack, Lorraine Bracco, Bob Costas and many others, focused on the fact that it’s been 25 years since HIV/AIDS was diagnosed. Rosie Perez directed the Spanish-language spots.

Emmy Wins For CNBC, CNN
Cable did nicely at the Business & Financial Reporting Emmys today, with CNBC leading the way with 2 awards (documentary and long-form reporting) and CNN grabbing one. Broadcasters PBS, NBC and  CBS received one award each. CNN’s win was for a story reported by Drew Griffin that appeared on Anderson Cooper 360. It was Griffin’s 3rd Emmy in as many years.
[National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]

Briefly Noted
Cable’s portion of the TCA tour will be cancelled if the Writers’ Strike isn’t settled by next Friday, Dec. 14. TCA made the decision today. CTAM will back up that decision, CTAM said late today.

Voom’s visual arts channel Gallery HD said today it will premiere Behind the camera, an original series about photography, next month. Season two of series Artstar and  season four of Art in Progress will premiere next year, too.

Signs of growth at CSTV. The college sports net said its 14  regional partners will distributed 32 Atlantic-10 men’s basketball games next year, including the A-10 quarterfinal and semifinal games. It’s CSTV’s largest package of A-10 games.

Comcast named Jennifer Yohe Wagner VP, Strategic Business Procurement. Previously she was VP, Business Affairs, Time Warner Cable.

Charter completed the sale of certain cable systems to Avenue Broadband of Tyler, Texas. The systems serve some 40K analog video customers in Vincennes, IN, and surrounding communities in southern Indiana and eastern Illinois. RBC Daniels, L.P. advised Charter in the transaction.

In a series that likely will need a name change, Bravo said online phenomenon William Sledd will star in Hey Bitches (working title), a reality pilot about Sledd’s move into fashion. Sledd appears on Bravo’s’s web series Ask a Gay Man.

Good fun. C-SPAN will carry tomorrow’s Energy & Commerce Subcommittee hearing on Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission: Media Ownership (9:30am ET) at

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